US Navy to name ship after late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- US Navy announced on Thursday that a ship will be named after the late Supreme Court justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg
- The USNS Ruth Bader Ginsburg (T-AO 212), which has yet to be built, will be part of a class of replenishment oiler ships
- The class, as well as the flagship ship, T-AO 205, are named after Rep. John Lewis, who died in July 2020
The USNS Ruth Bader Ginsburg (T-AO 212), which has yet to be built, will be part of a class of replenishment oiler ships meant to provide gasoline to the Navy's operational carrier strike groups.
The class, as well as the flagship ship, T-AO 205, are named after Rep. John Lewis, who died in July 2020 from pancreatic cancer.
According to the Navy, Ginsburg's daughter, Jane Ginsburg, has also been listed as the ship's sponsor.
"As we close out women's history month, it is my absolute honor to name the next T-AO after the Honorable Ruth Bader Ginsburg," said Navy Secretary Carlos Del Toro in a statement.
"She is a historic figure who vigorously advocated for women's rights and gender equality," he went on to mention Ginsburg, who was a well-known attorney who fought for women's rights before joining the Supreme Court as an associate justice.
"As Secretary of the Navy, it is my aim to ensure equality and eliminate gender discrimination across the Department of the Navy," Del Toro said. "She [Ginsburg] is instrumental to why we now have women of all backgrounds, experiences, and talents serving within our ranks, side by side with their male Sailor and Marine counterparts."
Each ship in the class is named after a statesman who campaigned for civil and human rights. Other ships have been named after politicians and activists such as Harvey Milk and Senator Robert F. Kennedy, among others.
The major role of the T-AO fleet is to transport fuel. According to the Navy, each ship can carry up to 162,000 barrels of oil.
According to the Navy, the ships, designed by General Dynamics National Steel and Shipbuilding Company, can be as long as 742 feet long and travel at a speed of 20 knots.
Ginsburg died of complications from metastatic cancer on September 18, 2020, at the age of 87.
She was just the second woman to be appointed to the Supreme Court, and she served for 27 years, from 1993 until her death in 2011.
Ginsburg's monument will be unveiled in Arlington National Cemetery in Virginia in September 2021. She is buried there alongside her husband, Martin, and her gravestone bears her title as well as the Supreme Court seal.
In keeping with her Jewish beliefs, the tombstone was uncovered around the justice's first Yahrzeit, or anniversary of the death, allowing her loved ones to gather and pay tribute to her memory.
Ginsburg was the first woman and the first Jewish person to lay in rest inside the National Statuary Hall of the United States Capitol building prior to her interment.